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Company Background

CNOOC Ltd. is a core subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC, a major Chinese state-owned oil company under the direct control of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

CNOOC Ltd.'s main business is exploring and developing offshore crude oil and natural gas fields. In line with government policy, the company has been engaged in offshore development in such areas as the East China Sea and the South China Sea. In recent years, CNOOC Ltd. has expanded through buyouts of foreign companies. The company's activities are closely watched at home and abroad.

The parent company was founded in 1982 to co-develop offshore oil fields with major players abroad, due to a lack of the necessary technology in China at the time. Since then, CNOOC has accumulated significant technical know-how through such partnerships. CNOOC is China's third-largest oil company after state-run players China Petrochemical Corp., or Sinopec Group, and China National Petroleum Corporation, or CNPC.

In 2005, CNOOC Ltd. made a move to acquire U.S. oil major Unocal, but the Chinese company withdrew its bid due to a backlash in the U.S. Congress. But the CNOOC group did not lose its appetite for overseas acquisitions. China Oilfield Services, a unit under CNOOC, bought Norwegian rival Awilco Offshore for $2.5 billion in 2008. CNOOC Ltd. acquired Canadian energy giant Nexen for $15.1 billion in 2013, putting the group among the ranks of the global oil industry heavyweights.

In line with Beijing's reform drive targeting state-owned enterprises, the CNOOC group is stepping up efforts to improve profitability by, for example, diversifying. In 2009, CNOOC launched retail gasoline sales. Also, the company has begun a project to construct charging stations for electric vehicles, aiming to strengthen its presence in the business-to-consumer market to improve profitability.

Business Summary

CNOOC Ltd. is an investment holding company, which engages in the exploration, development, production, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products through its subsidiaries. It operates through the following segments: Exploration and Production, Trading Business, and Corporate. Its core operations areas is comprised of Bohai, Western South China Sea, Eastern South China Sea, East China Sea, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Oceania, and Europe. The company was founded on August 20, 1999 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2018 HKDUSD
Gross Profit119,481.78M15,244.79M
Operating income99,517.81M12,697.57M
Income before tax89,043.69M11,361.17M
Net income62,406.50M7,962.50M
Diluted EPS1.390.17
Dividends Per Share0.700.08
Total Assets774,050.47M98,865.23M
Total liabilities298,105.32M38,075.36M
Total equity475,945.15M60,789.87M
Operating cash flow145,241.28M18,531.47M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 321,632.31M 211,391.44M 171,161.62M 214,860.44M 265,748.81M
Gross Profit 131,229.38M 46,122.30M 31,825.38M 75,856.97M 119,481.78M
Operating income 107,995.67M 26,207.76M 14,580.69M 59,065.72M 99,517.81M
Income before tax 102,578.96M 18,782.21M -6,074.60M 41,922.78M 89,043.69M
Net income 75,762.21M 24,973.04M 744.28M 28,454.72M 62,406.50M
EBITDA 184,354.43M 119,796.87M 96,939.01M 130,342.63M 162,530.76M
Diluted EPS 1.69 0.55 0.01 0.63 1.39
Dividends Per Share 0.57 0.50 0.35 0.50 0.70
Total Assets 849,282.32M 792,919.97M 711,423.33M 740,937.66M 774,050.47M
Total liabilities 374,779.00M 332,177.75M 284,834.40M 284,798.45M 298,105.32M
Total equity 474,503.32M 460,742.21M 426,588.92M 456,139.21M 475,945.15M
Operating cash flow 138,336.30M 96,207.79M 82,863.07M 106,575.20M 145,241.28M
 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 41,475.88M 27,267.26M 22,049.92M 27,571.60M 33,907.14M
Gross Profit 16,922.60M 5,949.29M 4,099.91M 9,734.21M 15,244.79M
Operating income 13,926.51M 3,380.52M 1,878.36M 7,579.50M 12,697.57M
Income before tax 13,228.00M 2,422.70M -782.56M 5,379.66M 11,361.17M
Net income 9,769.86M 3,221.25M 95.88M 3,651.40M 7,962.50M
EBITDA 23,773.30M 15,452.53M 12,488.18M 16,725.99M 20,737.45M
Diluted EPS 0.21 0.07 0.00 0.08 0.17
Dividends Per Share 0.07 0.06 0.04 0.06 0.08
Total Assets 109,516.28M 102,310.26M 91,759.26M 94,781.78M 98,865.23M
Total liabilities 48,328.33M 42,860.81M 36,737.89M 36,431.81M 38,075.36M
Total equity 61,187.94M 59,449.45M 55,021.36M 58,349.96M 60,789.87M
Operating cash flow 17,839.06M 12,409.78M 10,674.85M 13,676.08M 18,531.47M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2018
Operating margin37.44%
Profit margin23.48%

Key executives

  • President & Executive Director: Ke Qiang Xu
  • Chief Financial Officer: Wei Zhi Xie
  • Joint Secretary & Compliance Officer: Wu Xiaonan
  • Chief Safety Officer, EVP & GM-Exploration: Yu Hong Xie
  • General Manager-Investor Relations Department: Jie Wen Li


  • China State-Owned Assets Supervision & Admn Commission (64.4%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.2%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.0%)
  • APG Asset Management NV (0.4%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (0.4%)
  • Hang Seng Investment Management Ltd. (0.4%)
  • Capital Research & Management Co. (World Investors) (0.3%)
  • FIL Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd. (0.3%)
  • State Street Global Advisors Asia Ltd. (0.3%)
  • Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd. (0.3%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: 65th Floor, Bank of China Tower, 1 Garden Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Phone: +852.2213.2500

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Last Updated on 23 Oct, 2019

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